Since a particular holiday is coming up, I decided I wanted to share a bit of classic literature this week. As an English major in college, my love for the written word grew, but even as a child, I loved reading so many of the amazing stories that were written decades ago. How old were you when you read Little Women or Secret Garden for the first time?
These amazing classic authors contributed so much to the literary world. Can you imagine not having the works of Jane Austen or Robert Browning? I am so grateful that we have these incredible works to read and cherish today. So when you have a moment, please take the time to discover a beautiful novel from centuries past, and please let me know what book you chose in the comments below. Happy reading friends!
How Do I Love Thee? (Sonnet 43)
by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
“How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
I love thee to the depth and breadth and height
My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight
For the ends of being and ideal grace.
I love thee to the level of every day’s
Most quiet need, by sun and candle-light.
I love thee freely, as men strive for right.
I love thee purely, as they turn from praise.
I love thee with the passion put to use
In my old griefs, and with my childhood’s faith.
I love thee with a love I seemed to lose
With my lost saints. I love thee with the breath,
Smiles, tears, of all my life; and, if God choose,
I shall but love thee better after death.”